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Balancing Nature: Who’s in Charge?

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We employ organic practices and controls, plant for pollinator and wildlife support, and slowly we’re even warming up to the idea of leaving room for wild, less-tended spaces in our landscapes and parks. A recent essay in the Seattle Times, “Finding a Balance,” goes one step further and suggests modeling built environments after processes already at work and successful in nature; a notion embodied in a branch of environmentalism called “biomimicry.”
A conversation between editor Lorene Edwards Forkner and author, Lawrence W. Cheek.
Daylight and old trees, Schmitz Park, Seattle. Photo: Tom Reese/FotoDocument
LEF:  I have to ask, are you a gardener?
LWC:  I’m afraid not. I’m a writer, teacher, boatbuilder, sailor, kayaker, and hiker. And I’ve pretty much given up sleep already. There just isn’t enough time to add one more obsession.
LEF:  This seems like a question of control, dominion, and mastery. What’s the vocabulary of a more balanced system?
LWC:  “Dominion” is a word we need to banish from our culture, because it’s the root of the problem we have in our relationship with nature. We’re not the masters ...


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